Thanks to the generous support of 338 individual donors, NeighborWorks Pocatello took fourth place in the recent Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge. The competition was intense this year and included 45 housing non-profits across the state participating. NWP was able to turn $16,258 of its own donations into $26,772 thanks to extra prize money it received from the Home Partnership Foundation, which sponsors the Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge and has done so for the past seven years.
NWP received a big jump-start on December 12 when it received $5,000 from Idaho Central Credit Union, which made it possible to receive an additional $5,000 from the Home Partnership Foundation in the form of a Benefactor Bonus. The Benefactor Bonus and other prizes helped NWP add over $10,000 to the total donations it took in between December 12 and 31.
“We are very humbled and grateful for the generosity all of our partners showed during the three-week campaign,” said Mark Dahlquist, NWP Executive Director. “This is an outstanding start to a new year and I think it provides great affirmation from the community that we are making a difference in people’s lives and in our neighborhoods.”
NeighborWorks Pocatello helps the community in so many different ways. Not only does it assist first-time home buyers, it helps existing home owners stay in their homes by offering services such as rehab loans for residents who need new furnaces, roofs, windows, electrical upgrades and more and offer mortgage default counseling for those who are at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure. NWP also owns and operates the “Spirit of Hope House”, which is a 10 bed home for men transitioning from the correctional system. Proceeds from the Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge will help continue running these programs, which are vital to the community’s stability.
Individuals contributing to the Avenues for Hope Campaign represented a broad spectrum. Janell Kaneaster, who resides in the Bonneville Neighborhood, said she donated because she is a relatively new home owner herself. “I know how good it feels to actually own my home, and NeighborWorks Pocatello gives others the chance to own when they didn’t think they could.”
Others had similar comments. Sarah Jackson, College Neighborhood Resident, said donated because “NeighborWorks Pocatello ultimately changes people’s lives for the better!”
Pocatello resident Jay Colonel added that “My wife and I want to help people in our community improve ‘their’ lives….and we KNOW NeighborWorks Pocatello is doing just that.”
Thank you to all who participated in the Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge. Pocatello is such a giving community. Many great things are in store for 2018 thank to all of our generous supporters.